Pimentel on Duterte's trust rating slide: 'Honeymoon period is over'


Posted at Apr 05 2017 05:35 PM

The 7-point drop in President Rodrigo Duterte's trust rating may signify that the "honeymoon period is over" for the administration but does not mean support for the Chief Executive has wavered, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said Wednesday. 

"[The] honeymoon period is over but the people still love him, his leadership, and his unique style given his 'corrected' trust and performance ratings," Pimentel said in a statement.

A Pulse Asia survey showed that the firebrand President lost seven points in his trust rating in March, with the figure declining to 76 percent from 83 percent in December. 

For Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, among the President's allies in the chamber, the decline is insignificant considering the number of issues that has hounded the president over the past few months.

In the weeks leading to the survey period, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against Duterte over killings linked to his war on drugs and allegations that he kept secret bank accounts.

In February, Retired Davao cop SPO3 Arturo Lascañas also came out to link President Duterte to the Davao Death Squad during this time as Davao City Mayor, retracting earlier denials. 

Other events leading to the survey period included Robredo's video message to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs revealing alleged police abuses, and the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima over drug-related charges.

"President Duterte has been subjected to an unprecedented amount of international criticism and negative publicity. However, despite all of the attacks launched against him, a commanding super-majority of the Filipino people remains confident in President Duterte's ability to lead our country," he said.

Liberal Party president and opposition Sen. Francis Pangilinan agreed that Duterte's ratings drop was"nothing unusual."

"All Presidents before him also experienced very high trust ratings at the start of their terms and eventually these ratings all dipped so there is really nothing unusual with the (7-point) drop."

Pangilinan, who was among the senators removed from key posts in the Senate shake-up in February, said Duterte should use his high ratings "to address the rising prices of goods, create better paying jobs, and improve incomes."